NJDOH Health Update 4-5-2021

The following is updated guidance from the NJ Department of Health released on April 5, 2021.


1 - Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Persons in Non-Healthcare Settings -- April 5, 2021



2 - Recommended Minimum Quarantine Timeframes -- Updated April 5, 2021


  • Clinically Recovered from COVID-19 within 3 months: Persons who tested positive for COVID-19 (viral test) and who clinically recovered from COVID-19 in the previous 3 months do not need to quarantine. 
  • However, persons who clinically recovered from COVID-19 greater than 3 months ago (and who are not fully vaccinated) should follow quarantine recommendations for unvaccinated persons.
  • Fully Vaccinated Persons: Fully vaccinated persons do not need to quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic. Although the risk that fully vaccinated people could become infected with COVID-19 is low, if symptoms develop, they should isolate and seek medical evaluation for COVID-19, which may include testing. Fully vaccinated means ≥2 weeks after receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after receipt of a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen).


3 - NJDOH COVID-19 Information Hub/Travel -- Updated April 5, 2021


Note: The New Jersey Department of Health is updating travel and quarantine guidelines to reflect new recommendations from the CDC and New Jersey is no longer advising fully vaccinated individuals who travel within the United States to self-quarantine after their trip or to get tested before or after travel. Please note that the federal requirement for testing upon return to the United States following international air travel stands - additional details are listed below. This article will be updated shortly.

New Jersey strongly discourages all non-essential interstate travel at this time.

Travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging following recommendations from the CDC:

  • If travel is unavoidable, travelers should consider getting tested with a viral test (not an antibody test) 1-3 days before the trip and again 3-5 days after the trip.
  • If travelers test positive, they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should postpone travel during that time.
  • If travelers test negative, they should quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
  • If testing is not available (or if the results are delayed), travelers should quarantine for 10 days after travel.

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